Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Lake County's senior population continues to grow (15.87% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Lake County, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 1.9% between 2014 and 2019. The number of deaths from all causes for that same age group increased by 10.05%. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is slightly lower than the rest of the nation (4.91% in Lake County vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Lake County. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Lake County, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and heritage oaks, The Enclave of Newell Creek offers an idyllic and charming environment in a convenient location. Every memory care resident in this community receives an individualized care plan reviewed monthly and refined as needed by the director of health services. The staff, consisting of caregivers and licensed nurses trained in dementia care, is available 24/7 to help seniors with activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, housekeeping and laundry. The care team also provides more specialized care, including management of medication, incontinence and nutrition. The caregivers use problem-solving intervention to help ease residents' anxiety and paranoia and support seniors' emotional needs through customized techniques. Memory care community members live in a secure neighborhood with a monitored garden and enjoy three chef-prepared meals daily.
People love the staff of this community. A reviewer writes, "The staff, nurses, and general facilities are top-notch. The one-on-one care we have seen given to our mother is truly heaven-sent. Our family feels like now the staff at Newell Creek is family. They care for our mother and treat her like one of her own."
Memory care at Brookdale Mentor is supported by HealthPlus. This helps care managers organize on-site health screenings, therapy and maintenance of chronic health issues. The multitiered Clare Bridge memory care program includes adaptable plans for medication management, person-centered programming and help with activities of daily living. The Crossings level supports assisted living residents in the early stages of dementia, while Solace adds extra layers of support and security. While all residents have access to the art studio and fitness center, memory care spaces include keypad-secured courtyards, color-coded hallways and emergency pendants. Memory care residents may enjoy a schedule of B-Fit exercises, meditation, ice cream socials and baking classes.
Residents and loved ones praise the compassionate, accommodating staff. One says, "We visit two to three times daily and are always happy with the associates, managers and most of all the wonderful care mom receives. The memory care staff at Brookdale Mentor are the best, we can't thank them enough for the love and compassion they show."
Nestled into the heart of town, Danbury Senior Living Mentor provides a full spectrum of senior care under one roof. For residents living with Alzheimer's and related dementias, the community's secure memory care neighborhood utilizes a holistic approach for a limited number of residents, so they can receive suitable support 24/7. With cutting-edge security features that include wireless pendants, safety enhancements and a 24-hour response system, residents have peace of mind while receiving daily living assistance from a licensed nurse and a specially trained team of care companions. Specialized programs help boost memory and motor skills, so residents can stay stimulated through daily enrichment activities, social events and recreational offerings. Chef-prepared dining features three nutritious choices each day, while scheduled transportation ensures residents can easily access off-site appointments and errands.
Loved ones like the attentive team. "Great staff, so helpful to family members," says one reviewer. "My mom has dementia and has adjusted well. She loves the food and is more comfortable at Danbury than she was in her own home. They give a lot of attention."
As a continuum of care community, Maple Ridge Senior Living offers personalized care for seniors at every stage of their aging journey. The community is organized into homelike cottages, with a designated memory care neighborhood for seniors with Alzheimer's. This area is staffed by specially trained caregivers, and each resident has a life enrichment coordinator to assist with daily tasks and effectively monitor changes in their condition. Specialized activity stations known as Life Stations are located throughout the neighborhood to offer opportunities for daily engagement. Each resident also receives a personalized Life Box with memory-evoking keepsakes. The community's specialized dining experience engages the senses to promote healthy appetites and meet nutritional needs.
Maple Ridge Senior Living is known for its pleasant environment, unique design and incredible staff. One happy reviewer shares, "The facility is great, very clean and the staff is wonderful. You can tell the staffing truly makes the residents feel like they are family." Another comments that the community's cottage neighborhoods "make the transition from home much smoother versus a larger setting."
Brookdale Wickliffe is an assisted living and memory care community located in a calm and serene setting minutes away from the University Hospital Lake West Medical Center and UH Richmond Medical Center. The community follows a person-centered approach to provide extensive support to those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Brookdale's exclusive health care service HealthPlus offers customized comprehensive care plans and manages the urgent health care needs of the residents. Trained staff is available 24/7 to help residents with personal care tasks and medication administration. Seniors participate in engaging activities such as card games, putt-putt golf and art classes, to remain physically and mentally active. Residents can savor delicious and nutritional meals in a restaurant-style setting, and a private dining room is available for special occasions. Regular therapy sessions help seniors with their mobility and movement goals.
Families appreciate the caregiving staff and plentiful amenities of the community. One writes, "Brookdale was very clean, very nice, and the dining room and the food are just wonderful. They bent over backwards for anything my parents needed and wanted, and they cared for my mom and got her healthy again. We don't have any complaints."
Vista Springs Quail Highlands offers memory care with resort-like amenities. The staff is trained to identify behavior changes as dementia progresses and adapt care as needed. This might include increased check-ins, mobility support or more social and physical cueing. Each morning, staff members help residents become engaged with discussions over coffee, then move on to crafting, games, live music performances and tea socials. Residents can enjoy these activities in the fireside living room and theater. To ensure resident safety throughout their schedules, each senior receives an emergency pendant while enclosed common areas feature alert systems and keypads. Nutritious meals served in the spacious dining room include omega-3-dense choices to aid cognition.
Residents and loved ones praise the community's active schedule and engaged staff. One says, "Vista Springs has always been in communication with our family members and updated us about any concerns we have of our loved one. The staff and administration [are] very carrying. The many activities are greatly appreciated and the [community] is very clean."
Tapestry Senior Living Wickliffe is located in the east of Cleaveland, just minutes from Lake Erie. The memory care neighborhood is small and secure, to help residents feel at home. It features a dedicated indoor garden where residents can play with grandkids or relax and enjoy the sun. The compassionate staff provides 24/7 assistance with personal care such as grooming, as well as housekeeping, laundry and medication management. Memory care plans are tailored to each resident and include an array of engaging daily activities. Activities are designed to slow down memory loss and include aromatherapy, karaoke and gardening. The community uses music therapy with each resident receiving personalized playlists to unlock past memories. Residents can enjoy nutritious meals three times a day in the dining area and loved ones are invited for Sunday brunch.
Visitors praise the great staff, with one saying, "The maintenance staff has been absolutely wonderful. We haven't moved in all of dad's furniture so they had to do it all, we haven't heard any complaints like if we've brought too much stuff. I have really nothing to complain about. My dad says that the food is very good."
Governor's Village combines quality care with deluxe amenities and a lively lifestyle. Liberty Suites is an engaging neighborhood designed for residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Staffed by experienced caregivers, seniors can expect 24/7 monitoring and support with a holistic approach; they're cared for in mind, body and soul while enjoying a full schedule of engaging activities and events. Physical activities include options such as strengthening, morning walks and noodle ball, while cognitive programming features Flex Your Brain, games, puzzles and word searches. More social options include movies with popcorn, shopping trips and hot fudge sundaes. Residents' health needs are monitored by licensed nurses, and they have access to visiting care professionals. Amenities include the Hope Theater, a chapel, the Sidewalk Cafe and the Mane Attraction Salon and Spa, with scheduled transportation available for off-site appointments and errands.
Loves ones appreciate the compassionate team. One says, "The Director and entire staff have been kind, respectful, attentive, and went above and beyond to make sure my Mother was comfortable and felt welcomed. My Mother was treated like family. I am forever grateful for everything the entire staff has done."
Light of Hearts Villa is in Bedford in southeast Cleveland. It's conveniently located next to University Hospital Bedford and other medical facilities. Situated on 35 acres of land, the community is great for nature-loving seniors. It features scenic gardens, a tranquil waterfall and a pond, as well as spacious and secure communal areas and a chapel indoors. Residents with Alzheimer's and dementia receive a care program tailored to their individual needs and interests. The team of trained staff provides residents with 24/7 care that includes assistance with grooming and bathing, as well as services such as housekeeping and laundry. Residents can get involved in a variety of enriching activities that are designed to nourish body, mind and soul and reduce the speed of memory loss, including yoga, bingo and trivia.
Visitors praise the welcoming community, with one reviewer saying, "I went to both memory care and assisted living at Light of Hearts Villa. It's beautiful and I liked it. The people seemed caring. I would recommend it. The staff during the tour was wonderful. The dining area was pleasant. They make an effort to engage people every day with their activities."
Woodside Senior Living provides assisted living and memory care on a 20-acre plot in the suburbs of Cleveland. The single-story community is easy to navigate and has several secure communal areas where residents can safely socialize, including large outdoor patios, TV areas and a game room. Staff members looking after memory care residents are trained to build a sense of security, provide comfort, promote dignity and support independence through a customized care plan designed with input from residents, family members and physicians. Each senior has an emergency pendant and access to licensed nursing services 24/7 if desired. There are multiple life enrichment activities scheduled within the community, including exercise classes, card games, musical entertainment, community speakers, educational presentations and church services.
Visitors appreciate the variety of living arrangements on offer and how the staff was friendly and helpful during community visits. One relative says, "Woodside is in a lovely setting with a nice selection of living arrangements/apartments. Having units all on one level is easy for residents to get around."
At Summit Point, memory care combines individualized plans with welcoming spaces. Care plans include help with aspects of daily living bolstered by sensory cues. Familiar decor, sounds and smells help sometimes disoriented residents familiarize their environment and routines. Available medical services include physical and occupational therapy. For recreation, residents may watch movies in the theater, have coffee with neighbors in the bistro or read in the library. To facilitate engagement, staff organizes social events, including bingo, cooking demonstrations, daily exercise and live entertainment. In the dining room, culinary staff serves three diet-friendly meals per day and snacks, including themed meals for celebrations.
This community's robust, family-based programming stands out to residents and loved ones. One writes, "There are many activities within the [community], and they have buses to shop and visit area events. [My mother] has enjoyed singing, crafts, bingo and programs of faith. The food is excellent, and the holiday buffets are a treat for the whole family."
Surrounded by scenic Cuyahoga Valley parks, Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills provides assisted living and memory care in an intimate environment. The Chronicles memory care program features a secure environment with a specially trained team and activities designed for those living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. Caregivers use an individualized approach, learning about residents' life histories, interests and abilities while aiding communication, helping with the activities of daily living, and assisting with common dementia symptoms, such as confusion and frustration. Residents are encouraged to pursue guided activities such as crafts, music, gardening, outings and exercise classes. Meals are served restaurant-style, with flavorful choices for every diet. The environment features regular security checks, living spaces designed to promote involvement and a low-staff-to-resident ratio so residents have the support they need 24/7.
Loved ones appreciate the individualized care approach and quiet location. One reviewer says, "I like the fact that it is out in the country. I also like the fact that they work with the residents to keep their minds active, and they focus on the individual. If the residents like art, they encourage that."
A multi-year winner of the President's Award Club, Sunrise at Parma provides a high level of care within a cozy Cleveland setting, with shopping, restaurants and entertainment nearby. The community features a specialized Reminiscence neighborhood for residents affected by memory impairments, with physical, occupational and speech therapies available on-site. Within the secure Reminiscence neighborhood, a highly-trained team of life enrichment managers and caregivers use evidence-based approaches to assist residents 24 hours a day. Care plans are tailored to address each resident's distinct needs, with support available for bathing, dressing, mobility, medication management and socializing. With an easily navigable layout, soft-lit reflection rooms with soothing music, carefully chosen furniture, colors and lighting and activity areas for art projects and cognitive programming, seniors can feel at home. Chef-prepared dining features fresh choices that are paired with resident preferences through tablet technology.
Visitors note the kind team and welcoming ambiance. "The staff at Sunrise at Parma was very friendly and caring, and you could see that they have a good relationship with the residents," says one. "The residents were out and talking to each other, and they seemed to be enjoying it. It looked very good."
Surrounded by lush woods, Anthology of Mayfield Heights is a senior living community located close to Lake Erie and a number of parks. The community's Virtue memory care neighborhood features private suites with warm and comfortable designs, large bathrooms and ease-of-access navigation to common areas. It's also decorated with memory displays of pictures and mementos outside residents' suites and artwork that creates a homelike atmosphere. Highly trained and certified caregivers become well-acquainted with seniors and their families, inviting family members to spend time with and join in activities with their loved ones. The community's holistic approach to wellness focuses on the six dimensions of wellness: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and environmental. Outdoor spaces also encourage residents to connect with nature and develop enhanced cognitive abilities and independence in a safe and secure environment.
Reviewers appreciate the community's upscale design and the lifestyle residents enjoy. "It's an absolutely stunning [community] with top-notch features," says the daughter of a resident couple. "My parents really enjoy the interaction both with residents and the staff. They enjoy the group outings and daily entertainment. Everyone on the Anthology staff has gone above & beyond to assist my parents."
Maplewood at Twinsburg delivers comprehensive care to those living with dementia in a safe and homelike setting. The community offers two levels of care depending on the needs of each resident. Its caregivers use the HEART philosophy, which emphasizes social empathy and support, to connect with residents emotionally and better serve their physical and psychological needs. This community encourages its seniors to be as independent as they can and provides assistance with tasks such as bathing and getting dressed. Community members also receive consistent medical checkups and have their medication is managed by experienced nurses. Maplewood at Twinsburg offers residents a spa, beauty salon, and many walking paths for optimal wellness.
Residents are consistently pleased with the management and quality of care at Maplewood at Twinsburg. One reviewer says, "The facility is beautiful, but so is the care and the employees. My father loves the food, and he is always engaged in the programming. Caregivers are always getting them motivated and moving."
Windsor Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in Beachwood, 11 miles southeast of Cleveland. Residents can take advantage of a wide variety of medical amenities, including Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital. The community has some great onsite amenities for residents to enjoy, including a sensory spa and beautiful gardens with walking paths. For residents with Alzheimers and dementia there is a memory care program that includes 24/7 care and specialized programs such as the Virtual Reality bucket list program which enables residents to fulfil their dreams virtually. The kind staff assists residents with daily care needs and provides services such as housekeeping and laundry. There is an enriching activities program that is designed to slow down cognitive decline and includes music therapy, spiritual support and baking. Residents can enjoy three nutritious meals per day prepared by the chefs.
Visitors praise the helpful staff, with one reviewer saying, "We chose it because it's a nice place that offers memory care, it's privately owned, and it's a safe place for outdoor as well as window visit so that I could see my mom on a regular basis. The staff members are very friendly, very personable and very compassionate".
American House Macedonia's memory care features 24/7 assistance with medical needs and aspects of daily living. Through the Seven Dimensions of Wellness program, residents participate in five daily enrichment activities. These can include chair yoga, bingo, aromatherapy and art classes. To encourage engagement, the Time Travel program brings culture to residents through food and activities, while Heart Beat features interactive musical routines. Communal spaces for activities include a theater, fireside den and a naturally lit bistro. In the spacious dining room, residents may enjoy restaurant-style dining and happy hours with caregiver assistance. The culinary team is able to tailor options to fit physician-ordered dietary restrictions.
For residents and families, the homelike atmosphere and attentive staff stand out in this community. One says, "It is like a home rather than a memory care. I never have to worry about [my husband] because I know he is in safe hands. If I express any type of concern I know [staff] will handle it with the utmost attention."
Danbury Senior Living Broadview Heights is an assisted living and memory care community located in a serene and calm setting in Broadview Heights, minutes away from the MetroHealth Brecksville Health and Surgery Center. Separate dedicated memory care and Parkinson's neighborhoods provide extended support to those with Alzheimer's, dementia and other memory loss ailments. Trained caregivers and 24-hour on-site licensed nurses conduct individualized care assessments to serve the unique needs of the residents. Residents can socialize and connect in the movie theatre, library, pub, bistro, art studio and outdoor patios. Staff encourages seniors to participate in various life enrichment programs such as pet therapy sessions, music nights, games, educational presentations, cards and other recreational visits to helps them stimulate their bodies and mind. An emergency call system and personal pendants ensure the safety and security of all seniors. Weekly housekeeping and laundry services are also available
People appreciate the spacious units of the community. One writes, "My friend is at Danbury Senior Living Broadview Heights. I liked it because it's a new facility and it offered much storage. The room has a refrigerator and a sink, like a kitchen unit, and it's homier than just a plain room with a closet."
Located less than 20 minutes from Cleveland, The Woodlands of Shaker Heights provides a nurturing environment with assisted living and memory care options. Designed for residents living with Alzheimer's and related dementias, its Magnolia Trails community features a homelike environment with individualized care and flexible service plans to embrace seniors' minds, bodies and spirits. Seniors receive 24-hour support from a team of licensed nurses and caregivers who are specially trained and certified in memory care. The secure environment features comfortable decor and multisensory touches that keep seniors engaged, including sounds and smells that promote calm. Flexible programming allows residents to select the activities that interest them most, with options such as bingo, creativity boxes, gardening, brain games, puzzles and social events. Loved ones stay involved through the resident engagement app, which includes real-time photos, videos and updates.
Visitors like the inviting ambiance. "They made me feel very welcomed," says one reviewer. "They had an activities room, a little social where one could have an ice cream or a little bistro setting, and it was to me a place that made the seniors feel welcomed, and they had a variety of things to do."
Vista Springs Greenbriar Village provides an all-inclusive, resort-style retirement living experience for seniors of a variety of needs, from independent living to assisted living and memory care. The campus features a range of amenities to enhance daily life, including an onsite salon offering spa services and massages, a spacious outdoor courtyard, a cozy cafe and a creative arts center, and the facility is outfitted with a 24-hour security system for added peace of mind. Its passionate team of caregivers includes a number of memory care specialists who are available 24 hours a day to attend to the unique needs of seniors with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. Care programs are personalized to the needs of each resident to help them enjoy the highest level of independence while ensuring their comfort and safety.
Vista Springs Greenbriar Village receives praise for its vibrant atmosphere and welcoming environment. As one daughter shares, "Vista Springs Greenbriar has become a special part of our family! It is truly a community of friendly, interesting people from all walks of life who make every day fun. There are always people together enjoying themselves."